STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Unconventional Courses Leave Students in Limbo

Published: 06th January 2015 06:08 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th January 2015 06:08 AM   |  A+A-

TIRUCHY: The future of hundreds of college students is at stake, as unconventional degree courses offered by State-run universities and colleges fail to serve the purpose of jobs at the completion of the course. And the confusion over the issuance of equivalent certificates for some courses put the careers of many students and graduates in limbo.

Though the University Grants Commission (UGC) in its public notice cautioned universities to award only those degrees specified by the UGC and notified in the Gazette of India, some universities continue to have unspecified degree courses, leading to litigation, educationalists said.

“In an attempt to draw more students, universities and colleges introduce innumerable hyphenated degrees with specialisation tags like Bio-Physics, Wildlife Biology and Applied Physics BSc and MSc. They assure jobs to the candidates at the completion of these courses but the reality is non-availability of jobs with these specialised degrees. To get government jobs they then seek equivalence certificates for these unconventional or hyphenated degrees,” said K Pandian, vice-president, Association of University Teachers (AUT).

Pandian said the matter had been referred to the concerned Board of Studies (BoS) and the required equivalence certificates issued.

“The problem arose in 2012 when the Department of Higher Education constituted the Equivalence Committee at the State level for recruitment to the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission and Teachers Recruitment Board. Based on the resolutions of the Equivalence Committee, the State government issued 16 government orders that recognise some equivalence certificates while disqualifying others,” he said.

Educationalists said there was a drastic contradiction in the government orders, as it declared Bio-Physics as equivalent to Physics but said Bio-Chemistry is not equivalent to Chemistry.

Pandian said a postgraduate degree in Wildlife Biology, introduced in the late 1980s and certified as equivalent to MSc Zoology by the University of Madras in 1989 and Bharathidasan University in 2009, has now been declared ‘not equivalent’ by the Equivalence Committee, leading to complications for the degree holders.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp